Award winning game ‘Hades’ gets next-gen release

One of the biggest video games of 2020 has been given a huge upgrade and is being released on PlayStation and Xbox today.

The new console and physical releases of Hades boast upgraded visuals and new experiences for players.

9News went hands-on with the new version of Hades before its release to see what's new and how it stacks up on the new-gen consoles.

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For those new to Hades, you play as the Prince of the Underworld, Zagerus, on a mission to escape your father's clutches and retreat to the land of the gods, Mount Olympus.

The gods assist you along the way, offering special power-ups to aid your fight. But when you die, you must return to the realm of Hades and start over again — hence the roguelike genre.

Each escape attempt you gather various materials that can be used to upgrade Zagerus, making it that little bit easier the next time you step foot in the dungeon.

An indie game at heart, Hades was crowned game of the year countless times in 2020.

It's taken out awards for best action game, best roguelike and best fighting game — there's no cabinet big enough for developer SuperGiant and publisher Private Division's accolades combined.

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It would be strange to review the gameplay, as the game has been available and successful for almost 12 months now.

But it's worth noting again, this game is celebrated for a reason — it's really good.

The new-gen upgrade boosts the resolution to 4K and runs at a smooth 60fps, a noticeable difference from the Nintendo Switch version.

Load times are almost non-existent with the PS5 hardware, something that I'm starting to overlook within new-gen titles — it's incredible to think just 12 months ago we'd often wait half a minute or more for a game to load.

On PlayStation 5, the game now utilises the DualSense controller's haptics and adaptive triggers; although the triggers aren't used too much throughout the game, it's a feature in high demand for the console.

Combat feels great in your hands, the controller vibrations reacting to every explosion, swing of your sword and interaction with items.

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The RGB lighting on the controller is also a nice highlight, matching the game's environment and the NPCs you interact with.

The physical version of the game is coming to all the main retailers and will also include a digital download for the game's soundtrack, as well as an artwork booklet — something very rare with game releases these days.

If you're yet to pick up and play Hades, now's a better time than ever to experience its beautifully-crafted world.

If you pick up the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, a free downloadable upgrade to the next-gen version will be included.

Hades is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on August 13.

It retails for $49.99 and will also be available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers on launch.

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